This bird is found in open country, including light woodland, near water. Fanti saw-wings are graceful flyers and they generally feed on insects, including beetles, while airborne. They are typically seen low over water or grassland.
The lined nests are built in a 60 cm burrow in a vertical bank. The clutch is two eggs.
This is a small swallow at 17 cm. Its plumage is glossy green. The tail is long and deeply forked. Sexes are similar, but the female has a shorter tail. Juveniles are brown with little gloss, and have short tails.
- Birds of The Gambia by Barlow, Wacher and Disley, ISBN 1-873403-32-1
- Swallows and Martins by Turner and Rose ISBN 0-7470-3202-5
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